James Mangold Will Direct The Wolverine

I’ve always been extremely impressed with James Mangold’s career. Go ahead, try to pigeonhole him. Bet you can’t. Here’s why: he started his career with a small indie drama in “Heavy”, turned that into a gritty crime film in “Copland”, spent time in romantic fantasyland with “Kate and Leopold”, went Western in “3:10 to Yuma”, musical biopic with “Walk the Line”, then pure action-adventure in “Knight and Day”. Basically, the guy HAS no genre. James Mangold directs what he wants to direct, and he’s proven that he can pretty much direct anything as long as he has the interest.

Now it appears James Mangold has an interest in taking on a big-time comic book movie, because Deadline is reporting that Mangold has been chosen by 20th Century Fox and star Hugh Jackman to replace Darren Aronofsky on “The Wolverine”, the sequel to the studio’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. An official offer is forthcoming, and Mangold is expected to accept the gig. “The Wolverine” would re-team Mangold with Jackman, the two having previously worked together on the time-travel romcom “Kate & Leopold” in 2001.

Mangold will direct from a script by Christopher McQuarrie, with the story taking the mutant Logan, aka Wolverine to Japan, where he finds love with a native beauty and tackles with some Samurai and ninja types. Much slicing and dicing and snikkt‘ing is expected.

I know he didn’t get the job, but director Gary Shore made a pretty nifty pitch a little while back. Check it out below:

Wolverine Vs The Hand from Gary Shore on Vimeo.



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  • Juggernaut

    That video was bad ass!!! Man! WHy didn’t they give that guy the job? Instead they searched high and low for months now. Manigold is a good enough director and I really liked the films of his that I’ve seen. Hopefully this reinvigorates the character and gets us the Wolverine movie we, the fans, deserve!

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Wolverine’s time in Japan and going against the Hand was/is one of the best story arcs out of Marvel. The first Wolverine was mediocre at best. Hopefully James Mangold does justice to the Wolverine franchise.

    • Brent

      That’s my all time favorite Wolverine story arc, and I’m glad to see that they’re still sticking with it. I’m pretty indifferent to Mangold, I have no real opinion either way, but I like the possibilities of a McQuarrie script.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    knight and day was so bad

  • Anonymous

    Knight and Day was not the greatest, but not due to the directing (which was on point). I actually liked the film as a popcorn, nothing else to do, or watch the killers (which I’m sure was much worse), kind of film. Mangold also happens to be another one of the directors I’ve had a chance to talk with. He is a straight shooter and very down to earth guy. I think he has what it takes to get down and gritty with a Wolverine film and actually stay true enough to the tones the fans want to in the film. Even if wolverine had half the intensity of 3:10 to Yuma, I will be pleased….I don’t know if its just me and my Frankenstein computer but the video won’t play.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Can a good director make a bad film good? I just saw Knight and Day on HBO, well as much of it as I could take because it was that bad. If his directing was “on point” then he did this one on cruise control.

      On a side-note, just saw Hanna, which was amazing enough to make my top 10 all time action movies. Be interesting to see Joe Wright taking this on.

      • Anonymous

        Honestly if you thought this movie was THAT bad, then you haven’t seen truly awful films. Go watch the brown bunny or any ewe boll film. Those are bad films. Now if its just not your taste (as Cameron Diaz is never really mine) I can go along with that. However, Directing can only change how crappy a film is, if the director is the writer/producer and has a change of heart that changes the crappy story into a good one. If the Director is not the writer or Producer (who have more say than I would like because they have the money and think they are creative, while 95 percent of them aren’t), then you get stuck with tones, material, and character concepts that you cant flesh out to be better. With all these points in the pot, Yes I think Mangold did an excellent job on this popcorn movie meant to give Cameron Diaz’s decrepit face (and cutesy ditzy stupid attitude that she has in every film), and Tom Cruise’s failing career, screen time.

      • Anonymous

        Honestly if you thought this movie was THAT bad, then you haven’t seen truly awful films. Go watch the brown bunny or any ewe boll film. Those are bad films. Now if its just not your taste (as Cameron Diaz is never really mine) I can go along with that. However, Directing can only change how crappy a film is, if the director is the writer/producer and has a change of heart that changes the crappy story into a good one. If the Director is not the writer or Producer (who have more say than I would like because they have the money and think they are creative, while 95 percent of them aren’t), then you get stuck with tones, material, and character concepts that you cant flesh out to be better. With all these points in the pot, Yes I think Mangold did an excellent job on this popcorn movie meant to give Cameron Diaz’s decrepit face (and cutesy ditzy stupid attitude that she has in every film), and Tom Cruise’s failing career, screen time.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Lmao!

          Sent on the go.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          i totally agree here, especially about Cameron Diaz.. Guess my question was a more metaphysical question. Seems like he did this for the money. Direct it and get it out.

        • Juggernaut

          You didn’t like “The Brown Bunny”? Extremely limited dialogue, Terribly boring driving sequences and un-simmulated fellatio aren’t your thing eh? LOL!
          Couldn’t agree more about Diaz. She really is brutal! She was hot in “The Mask”. That is it! Haven’t seen “Knight and Day” looked stupid. However, other films by Mangold have been very good. Every director has a few duds, even the greats. Bring on Logan!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Video was sick! Loved the inclusion of Mariko and Silver Samurai. That could’ve been a teaser. But yeah magold can definitely do this justice.

    • Juggernaut

      Absolutely Mariko and Silver Samurai were a great inclusion! The whole thing was great! That two minute pitch was better than the two hour XMOW! Lol!

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Mariko and Silver Samurai bring back fond memories of high school.

  • Naw786

    Gary Shore’s video was awesome now that James Mangold is directing The Wolverine, I just hope he does the film well.